Two years after Really, JJ Cale released his third album, Okie. Again produced by his friend Audie Ashworth, and featuring various session musicians including bassist Tim Drummond, drummer Karl Himmel, guitarist Reggie Young and pianist Pig Robbins, it was recorded mostly in Nashville, though the liner notes give the location for a few of the songs as 'Cale's House, Tulsa, Oklahoma'. It's always hard to describe the differences between Cale's albums as his music has pretty much stayed the same throughout his career, but it's worth noting that Okie featured darker tones and more understated grooves than its predecessors. Whilst Really had a very 'pure' live sound, Okie seems to be very much a product of studio technology, with which Cale manged to make his style even more distinct. This is particularly evident on the songs recorded at his house, where his double-tracked whispering vocals and sparse arrangements define what is now considered the 'JJ Cale sound'.
Really (1972) <|> Troubadour (1976)
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